Skylights are a great feature to incorporate into your home’s design. They can brighten up a room while adding visual interest to the outside of your home. Skylights are an especially beneficial feature for rooms in your home that could benefit from natural light but aren’t located where a window can be placed. Before you get to planning, though, there are some things you should know about skylights and the process of having one (or a few of them) installed.
Plan Around the Weather
Considering the fact that a skylight will open up the roof of your home for a period of time, it’s important that you plan the project during a season where it will be relatively dry outside. Damp weather can allow for moisture to interfere with the project, while rainfall has the potential to bring it to a halt.
Observe How the Sun Moves Around Your Home
Installing a skylight isn’t just about picking a room that could benefit from natural light, although that is something to be considered. Before adding a skylight, you’ll also have to factor in how the sun moves in relation to certain rooms in your home. How do you want the sunlight to be coming in? Light can be extremely bright or more subtle throughout the day, depending on a skylight’s angle and placement.
Decide if You Want the Benefits of Ventilation
Many skylights are able to ventilate a room, as well as provide them with natural light. Before you have a skylight installed, consider if you want yours to have a dual purpose. Some ventilating skylights must be in reach as they’re operated by hand, but others are controlled by a remote.
Consider a Tubular Skylight
Most skylights are rectangular, but another option to consider is a tubular skylight. These skylights are especially great for smaller rooms where a large window would be overwhelming or not even feasible. With a tubular skylight, sunlight flows through a dome. It is then carried through a tube (not visible) into the room. They offer a circle of natural light from overhead.
Make Sure They Look Good From Outside
As mentioned earlier, skylights can add visual interest to the outside of a home — but they can also look haphazardly placed if no thought is given to where they’re installed. Try to align skylights with doors, windows, or other features of your home, instead of having one placed in a random area by itself. Additionally, installing a skylight on the front of a home can look odd, as it may go against a traditional design. By installing skylights in places that aren’t visible from the front, you can have the benefits of natural light without compromising the overall style of your home.